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Voluntary Organizations and Innovation in Public Services

1st Edition

By Stephen P. Osborne


240 pages

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The innovative capacity of voluntary organizations has become a touchstone for their role in providing public services. Across the world there are increasing pressures on voluntary organizations to improve the quality and effectiveness of public services through innovation and change. This volume uses original research to assess the innovative capacity of voluntary organizations. It provides:

* a conceptual framework for understanding the innovative capacity of voluntary organizations

* empirical evidence detailing the nature and extent of innovation

* an analysis of successful innovators in personal social services

* the applicability of the for-profit model of innovation to non-profit organizations

* an account of the contingent nature of voluntary organizations' relationship to their external environment and particularly their main funders.

The development of a theory of innovation in non-market and nonprofit conditions makes this volume an important addition to organizational studies literature.


'An important text, enabling an understanding of the role of innovations and the organisational factors which support its development,' Catherine Driscoll, Local Government Studies

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations

Voluntary and non-profit organizations are playing an increasingly significant role, worldwide, in the provision and management of public services. Drawing together significant and ground breaking research, this series will be essential reading for students of public policy and management as well as the thinking manager. Topics covered include the management of innovation and change, financial management, performance evaluation and management and organizational development and project management.

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